Charity row a success

A group of butchers swapped cleavers for oars and took to the high seas in a successful bid to raise more than £56,000 for charity.

Four teams from across the meat industry took part in the 22-mile cross-Channel row from Dover to France to raise money on behalf of the former Master of the Worshipful Company of Butcher’s designated charity, Ahoy.

The team from ABP, entitled My Dear Buoys, proved themselves the victors on the day, smashing the charity’s previously held record for the crossing by a good 15 minutes, completing the row in just three hours and 30 minutes.

The remaining teams were close behind with CarnivOars from Fairfax Meadow finishing in three hours 49 minutes and the Lamb Lubbers from Randall Parker Foods coming in in four hours on the nose, while Kelly’s Heroes, from Oakfield Foods, finished in four hours 22 minutes.

Former WCB Master Ray Woodhouse, said: “This was a fantastic achievement by all teams and I am so grateful for the considerable amount of time that they have given up and the effort they have all made for my nominated charity Ahoy.  I am also very grateful for the support I have received from Liverymen and many others in raising much-needed funds for the charity. We have raised over £56,000 for Ahoy, a fantastic amount. My thanks to you all.”